I put the win in winterizing!

It will surprise you to know that all my DIY skills are self-taught. But how did you get so masterful with the sprayfoam, you’re wondering. I know. It’s pretty impressive. Just a natural talent, I guess.

My latest project involves the Very Cold Kitchen. I’m not sure why it gets so cold in there when the rest of the house stays a lot less cold. Probably has something to do with science. At any rate, there are two culprits: One is the weird closet where our washer and dryer live. The second is the pantry.

Nothing can be done about the pantry, so we just close the door and let all our canned goods freeze. But the weird closet? Game on, closet. Game on.

Last year, we hung a quilt over the whole thing, but Adrienne said she didn’t want bedding hanging up in the kitchen. Women.

This year, we’re taking it to the next level: Solid foam insulation and sprayfoam.

Washing machine drain. Tip: when you unscrew the hose, it's possible that water will spill everywhere.

Washing machine drain. Tip: when you unscrew the hose, it's possible that water will spill everywhere.

Washing machine drain hose doesn't need to be unscrewed from the machine.

This drain hose doesn't need to be unscrewed from the washing machine, apparently. I could have just pulled it out from the waste pipe. Interesting.

Weird closet where the washer and dryer live.

Weird closet where the washer and dryer live. The right wall for some reason is very cold. Soon, it will have foam attached to it.

Foam insulation

Cutting foam insulation is actually kind of hard. This saw didn't quite get the job done.

Reciprocating saw

Bring out the reciprocating saw! Go ahead and balance the foam on your feet when you saw through it. Totally safe.

Reciprocating saw

Reciprocating saw cuts through foam insulation like butter.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

It's exciting when a plan comes together.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

Measure twice, get two different numbers. Measure a few more times. Cut only three times.

Looking good. Quality work here.

Quality workmanship.

Finishing up by taping some insulation to the bottom.

We had some leftover insulation from a water heater blanket we bought. Looking good. All other cracks and gaps get sprayfoam.

Leftover insulation from the water heater blanket taped randomly to the closet ceiling should warm things up.

Leftover insulation from the water heater blanket taped randomly to the closet ceiling should warm things up.

Done! Washer and dryer back into their weird little home. That closet should be slightly less cold now.

Done! Washer and dryer back into their weird little home. That closet should be slightly less cold now.

I also installed this towel holder. Probably won't help heat the kitchen much, but it's mostly straight and level.

I also installed this towel holder. Probably won't help heat the kitchen much, but it's mostly straight and level.

Some thoughts on home improvement

It doesn’t matter who broke the garbage disposal. What matters is that the person who broke it was available to take pictures of the person who fixed it. For posterity and historical documentation.

Turns out that if you put a metal shot-glass-size cup into the disposal and grind on it awhile, it doesn’t disintegrate like a hunk of potato or a stick of celery. No, instead it digs its sharp, fractured metal into the sides of the disposal and jams up the whole thing.

Lucky for us I had some beer and some spare time. And some metal-cutters skinny enough to work down in there. An interesting fact about garbage disposals and sinks: All those pipes under the sink? They all have water in them. And that water spills. FYI.

Garbage disposal repair

Remember: It's not important how the garbage disposal got broken.

How the landlord does it

Any good landlord takes care of minor repairs and upgrades him- or herself. Some even tackle major projects. Good for them. The landlord we have is a pro. Here are some of the things he’s fixed. You’ll notice that everything looks like it’s just been sprayfoamed. Yes. Genius, isn’t it? Got a hole? A leak? A fracture of some kind? Sprayfoam it! It’s an extra-classy touch, too, to just leave it all foamy and tumor-looking. Don’t bother sanding it down or even trying to disguise it. Sprayfoam is a man’s product. Behold.

Exterior troubles? Try sprayfoam!

Apparently, there was some trouble between the door frame and the wall. Sprayfoam!

Sprayfoam repair

This pipe needs some sprayfoam on it. Admire that craftsmanship.

Sprayfoam repair

Of course this wood has a hole drilled through it. Why wouldn't it? Should probably be filled with sprayfoam!

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